As we all know, sexual abuse is a common situation in our society. It’s however, unspoke of; often leaves a victm & family members in denial. It raises questions as the level of understanding between a victim or a perpatrator or if the perpatrator has been a victim himself. Often times, the act of sexual abuse is much more than intercourse. It can be fondling, touching or using other objects. As i have dealt with this recently in my profession, i see the importance of our society educating themselves as well as our youth.
Sexual abuse can occur anywhere at anytime. It leaves a lasting effect on victims. And at times, puts so many others in turmoil. However, there are resources such as, SAFE exams, forensic interviews,support groups and victims compensation.
Below are statistics from the National Center for the Victims of Crime. I primarily focused my search between sexual abuse occurring in the home. These statistics are from 2010:
The prevalence of child sexual abuse is difficult to determine because it is often not reported; experts agree that the incidence is far greater than what is reported to authorities. CSA is also not uniformly defined, so statistics may vary. Statistics below represent some of the research done on child sexual abuse.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau report Child Maltreatment 2010 found that 9.2% of victimized children were sexually assaulted (page 24).